Postcard Edging Tutorial

I’ve belong to a Facebook group that swaps fabric postcards each month and have been asked how I do the edging on my cards.  The technique was taught by Carol Ann Waugh in the Craftsy Class Stupendous Stitching .  Unlike Carol who used rat tail cord I use dyed egyptian cotton bias ribbon from ‘Images of Egypt’ –Kirdassa@kirdassa.karoo.co.uk or sari silk ribbon from various suppliers.  Any yarn or embellishing trim could be used for the technique given below.

Postcard edged with Sari Silk
Postcard edged with Sari Silk
Postcard edged with dyed Egyptian cotton
Postcard edged with dyed Egyptian cotton
  1. Assemble postcard and trim to size commonly 6″ x 4″.
  2. Using thread to match background and stitch width approx. 2 length 1.5 zig zag around the edge of card.  I use the walking foot on my machine.
  3. Change to a thread that matches the binding.  Lay it alongside the piece starting 1/2 way along one side.  Set the zig zag stitch to 3 and keep the length the same.
  4. Leave 1/2″ tail and zig zag the trim to the card.  I find that if you put the edge of the card at the centre marker of the foot it pulls the trim onto the card nicely.
  5. When you get to a corner drop the needle into the card or trim and pivot your work.
  6. As you approach the start trim the tail you left and continue just past the start.  Then just finish off by cutting the trim level.
  7. If you find any thread pulling up from underneath in your zig zag I just colour it with a matching pen to hide the thread.

I also use this technique for small quilts.  I’m just too idle to do a proper binding!

Mug Rug
Mug Rug
Small quilt of my friends grandson
Small quilt of my friends grandson

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